Dr Anastasia Powell is lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies and an associate member of the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) at RMIT.
Anastasia teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate subjects including Crime and Information Technology and Law and Criminal Justice Policy. Anastasia has interests in policy and prevention concerning violence against women as well as the role of ICTs in sexual violence, harassment and hate-speech.
Anastasia’s research has specialised on policy and prevention concerning violence against women. She has published widely in these fields including two books: Sex, Power and Consent: Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Domestic Violence: Australian Public Policy co-authored with Dr Suellen Murray (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011). Anastasia has also contributed to policy specific research for the Victorian State Government and to a number of projects commissioned by VicHealth.
Currently, Anastasia is a chief investigator with Dr Nicola Henry (La Trobe University) on an ARC Discovery Project ’Technology Facilitated Sexual Violence and Harassment: Violence Against Women in Cyberspace and the Implications for Reform’ (DP130103094). She is also working on projects regarding rape law reform, sexual violence prevention and community attitudes to violence against women.
PhD Criminology (The University of Melbourne)
Anastasia has undertaken numerous commissioned projects for government and non-government organisations including; Department of Justice (Victoria), Office of Women’s Policy (Victoria), Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), Australian Domestic Violence Clearinghouse, and Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault.
She was formerly employed as a policy officer in the Department of Justice (Victoria)
Professional links and associations
Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
Member of the Law and Society Association
Member of the Australian Sociological Association
Co-founder and committee member of the Violence and Discrimination Against Women Research Network (VDAWnet) Australia
- Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2019). Technology-facilitated sexual violence victimization results from an online survey of Australian adults In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34, 3637 - 3665
- Powell, A.,Henry, N.,Flynn, A.,Scott, A. (2019). Image-based sexual abuse: The extent, nature, and predictors of perpetration in a community sample of Australian adults In: Computers in Human Behavior, 92, 393 - 402
- Webster, K.,Ward, A.,Diemer, K.,Flood, M.,Powell, A.,Forster, K.,Honey, N. (2019). Attitudinal support for violence against women: What a population-level survey of the Australian community can and cannot tell us In: Australian Journal of Social Issues, 54, 52 - 75
- Mortimer, S.,Powell, A.,Sandy, L. (2019). �Typical scripts� and their silences: exploring myths about sexual violence and LGBTQ people from the perspectives of support workers In: Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 31, 333 - 348
- Powell, A.,Flynn, A.,Henry, N. (2019). Sexual Violence in Digital Society: Understanding the Human and Technosocial Factors In: The Human Factor of Cybercrime, Routledge, New York
- Henry, N.,Flynn, A.,Powell, A. (2019). Trends & Issues in Crime & Criminal Justice: Image-based Sexual Abuse: Victims and Perpetrators In: Criminology Research Council Canberra, Australia
- Henry, N.,Flynn, A.,Powell, A. (2019). Responding to �revenge pornography�: Prevalence, nature and impacts In: Criminology Research Advisory Council Canberra, Australia
- Hamilton, G.,Harris, L.,Powell, A. (2019). (In Press) Policing repeat and high-risk family violence: police and service-sector perceptions of a coordinated model In: Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, , 1 - 16
- Powell, A.,Henry, N.,Flynn, A. (2018). Image-based sexual abuse In: Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology, Routledge, New York, United States
- Powell, A.,Scott, A.,Henry, N. (2018). Digital harassment and abuse: Experiences of sexuality and gender minority adults In: European Journal of Criminology, , 1 - 25
- Responding to cybercrime crime: Perceptions and needs of Australian police and the general community (Administered by Queensland University of Technology). Funded by: Australian Institute of Criminology - Contract from (2018 to 2019)
- Revenge pornography: The implications for law reform. Funded by: 010-ARC Discovery Projects 2017 from (2017 to 2020)
- Crime and Justice by Social Media: Citizen engagements with justice online. Funded by: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 2016 from (2016 to 2019)
- Responding to Revenge Pornography: The Scope, Nature and Impact of Australian Criminal Laws. Funded by: Criminology Research Council Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2017)
- Technology facilitated sexual violence and harassment: violence against women in cyberspace and the implications for legislative and policy reform. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2013 from (2013 to 2015)
1 PhD Completions4 PhD Current Supervisions